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2015 EDITION • iCOMMENTS BY COMMISSIONER ADAM H. PUTNAMDear Agricultural Producers:This revised manual, Water Quality/Quantity Best Management Practices for Florida Vegetable and Agronomic Crops, reflects the hard work of representatives of the industry; federal, state, and local government; and other stakeholders. The revision expands on the previous 2005 edition of the manual by incorporating practices for sugarcane, hay and silage production, and updates practices according to the type of production system. While best management practices have been in place for many years in our state, their role in environmental protection was formally established in 1999 with the passage of the Florida Watershed Restoration Act. This legislation provides the framework for implementing Florida’s Total Maximum Daily Load program, which sets water quality targets for impaired waters. It also identifies best management practices implementation as the means for agriculture to help meet those targets. A...